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cynarion's Carrion Crown PbP

Game Master cynarion

Professor Lorrimor, the renowned investigator and arcanist, has died. You came to his home in the town of Ravengro to pay your respects, but quickly discovered there was more to the wily old man's death than met the eye...


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Hey folks. My wife has now been struck down with the dreaded lurgy, so I'm afraid posting will be limited today as I stay home to help with the kids.


Hi everyone. Sorry for the delay (again). Real life can get in the way of fun sometimes.

In other news, my local group stormed the elven keep in Kingmaker last night. My now 6th level aasimar druid continued her run of not having taken a single hit point of damage--although she only joined at 4th level at the beginning of Rivers Run Red.

I won't say any more in case some of you haven't played through Kingmaker and don't want to read spoilers. : )


Male Human Oracle 2
cynarion wrote:
elven keep in Kingmaker

One of my favorite things about Pathfinder APs is hearing people talk about things, recognizing that it's custom content and then hearing them mention "spoilers". Let me assure you that if you talk about the elven keep you won't be spoiling anything that's actually in the Kingmaker adventure path. : )


Walter Vheist wrote:
cynarion wrote:
elven keep in Kingmaker

One of my favorite things about Pathfinder APs is hearing people talk about things, recognizing that it's custom content and then hearing them mention "spoilers". Let me assure you that if you talk about the elven keep you won't be spoiling anything that's actually in the Kingmaker adventure path. : )

He doesn't have the Kingmaker books?


{HP9/19 | AC16 T12 FF14 CMD 16 | F/R/W 4/2/3} Female Samsaran Bladebound Magus 2

Yea, my tabletop group is on book 3, and I do not recall an elven keep per se. A few things it might be though.


Male Human (Varisian) Inquisitor 2

The only adventure path that I've gotten through at all is Serpent's Skull... my party of semi casual players are only just hitting book four. I haven't even seen a Kingmaker book, lol.


Male Human Oracle 2
Belle Mythix wrote:
Walter Vheist wrote:
cynarion wrote:
elven keep in Kingmaker

One of my favorite things about Pathfinder APs is hearing people talk about things, recognizing that it's custom content and then hearing them mention "spoilers". Let me assure you that if you talk about the elven keep you won't be spoiling anything that's actually in the Kingmaker adventure path. : )

He doesn't have the Kingmaker books?

More than likely he's not reading the adventure as they play it, no, and he probably didn't read it before he played it so his gateway into the game is... his DM.

This happens a lot on the forums. "My favorite NPC was this and this" or "This and this was an awesome event" where this-and-this isn't in the source material at all. It's just awesome to hear about how almost every DM diverts from the books at some points and most of them do it so convincingly that their players think it's part of the module-as-written. I think it's amazing. I wish I could compile a wikipedia of each GM's personal changes to each Paizo module, because it'd be a huge wiki full of a lot of amazing stuff.


Heh...I didn't mean a keep full of elves--to get specific I meant the keep that was of elven construction, that

Spoiler:
Lily Teskertin
is interested in it (or, rather,
Spoiler:
the elven statuary it may contain
), and that contains
Spoiler:
Rigg Gargadilly (never before has faerie fire coupled with a menhir savant's detect fey ability been so indispensible), the grimstalker, and the baobhan sidhe (mostly killed by mad monkeys and three summoned earth elementals)
. We just wound up calling it 'the elven keep' as shorthand.

Walter Vheist wrote:
I wish I could compile a wikipedia of each GM's personal changes to each Paizo module, because it'd be a huge wiki full of a lot of amazing stuff.

That would be freakin awesome.

Hmm...

<considers abandoning his day job> : D


Male Human (Varisian) Inquisitor 2
Walter Vheist wrote:
This happens a lot on the forums. "My favorite NPC was this and this" or "This and this was an awesome event" where this-and-this isn't in the source material at all. It's just awesome to hear about how almost every DM diverts from the books at some points and most of them do it so convincingly that their players think it's part of the module-as-written. I think it's amazing. I wish I could compile a wikipedia of each GM's personal changes to each Paizo module, because it'd be a huge wiki full of a lot of amazing stuff.

Hah, this might be true for my campaign as well. Even though I've actually followed most of Serpent's Skull books fairly closely, I had to come up with some things to make book 3 more interesting because the thing is fairly thin on content...

Serpent's Skull Spoiler:
My players got the Red Mantis *really mad* at them. It had something to do with them convincing the NPC Sasha to sabotage the Red Mantis expedition and defect to the Pathfinders...

Because of all this, I had fighting the Red Mantis be a big focus of book three. In the end the Red Mantis faction leader got a hold of an artifact sword called 'The Mantis Blade' and went after the party with it. They had to use hero points to avoid dieing, lol.

Yea, having two-weapon fighting, 6d6 sneak attack, and a sword that can cast Deeper Darkness, Improved Invisibility, and Dimension Door using its own actions is nasty... they're just lucky that the Red Mantis in Serpent's Skull might as well be called the Red Mantis' rejects.

It was fun pulling together a minor plot point or two and combining them to make something bigger that wasn't even in the books, lol.


Male Human (Varisian) Inquisitor 2

Btw Cyn, just tell me if Theron is using his Detect (insert alignment) too often. It makes sense for him to make good use of his ability, but I know that using it too often can make it hard for GMs to have fun ;)


Nah, it's fine so far. However, I run on the basis that there is a visual manifestation that you are using the power, so beware of using it too often on random people. Unless they pass some kind of check (probably Spellcraft, maybe Sense Motive for those without Spellcraft ranks) they won't know what you're doing...but they'll be aware that you're doing something, and that might be enough to tick some people off.


Male Human (Varisian) Inquisitor 2
cynarion wrote:
Nah, it's fine so far. However, I run on the basis that there is a visual manifestation that you are using the power, so beware of using it too often on random people. Unless they pass some kind of check (probably Spellcraft, maybe Sense Motive for those without Spellcraft ranks) they won't know what you're doing...but they'll be aware that you're doing something, and that might be enough to tick some people off.

Is the visual manifestation glowing eyes? I totally need to use that as a part of my intimidation at some point ;)


Male Human (Varisian) Alchemist (Preservationist) 2

I'll file a "Septimus in the basement" post soon. Can't wait to have a reason to get Septimus in front of Grimburrow, the old jerk.

In the meantime, just wanted to point out that the girls singing a song about mass murderers while jumping rope is such a great detail. Speaking as we are of modifications, not sure if you came up with that or it was in the AP, but nicely placed regardless.


{HP9/19 | AC16 T12 FF14 CMD 16 | F/R/W 4/2/3} Female Samsaran Bladebound Magus 2

Very Nightmare on Elm Street-ish. I too loved the girls jumping rope.


That one's straight out of the AP, but the girls sing in Varisian rather than Taldane. One of my pet peeves is having words from another language suddenly rhyme in English, so I ditched the Varisian bit but kept the rhyme. It's pretty neat. : )

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As for Grimburrow, I have a history of turning what were originally quite likeable characters into jerks when I run precreated adventures. My players loathed the two main NPCs from the Mutants & Masterminds campaign I ran a few years ago, almost to the point where the whole scenario imploded. : s

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In other news, I won't be posting again until late Sunday Aussie time at the earliest. Off to the rugby this evening, Oz Comic Con on Saturday, and birthday lunch with the mother-in-law on Sunday. Have fun without me! ; )


HPs 16/(26)28...AC18/Touch11/Flatfoot17/CMD 18||HP 26/[28]| Fort:+5 ;Ref:+2 ;Wil+0|Percept +1/Sense Motive +5 Male Human Ustalav Varisian Fighter/2 *12 Con /Fort:+4

On travel back to Australia on Sunday and likely out until Monday night


HPs 16/(26)28...AC18/Touch11/Flatfoot17/CMD 18||HP 26/[28]| Fort:+5 ;Ref:+2 ;Wil+0|Percept +1/Sense Motive +5 Male Human Ustalav Varisian Fighter/2 *12 Con /Fort:+4

back - are we still moving?


Male Human (Varisian) Alchemist (Preservationist) 2

I guess our slow spot is well timed; storms ripped through the midwest yesterday and I've been without power for about 24 hours at this point. Might be another day or two before things are back on here.


Male Human (Varisian) Inquisitor 2

I only lost power for about 12 hours, but a day and a half after the storm a shorter power outage blew out our air conditioner. I'm hiding in the basement where it is semi cool right now, lol.


Hey folks. Unfortunately work has turned into a nightmare. I will only be able to post sporadically this week, I'm afraid.

As for the weather, it's plenty cool here in Melbourne. Feel free to come over if you need some relief. ; )


cynarion wrote:

Hey folks. Unfortunately work has turned into a nightmare. I will only be able to post sporadically this week, I'm afraid.

As for the weather, it's plenty cool here in Melbourne. Feel free to come over if you need some relief. ; )

Are you paying our plane tickets?


Belle Mythix wrote:
cynarion wrote:

Hey folks. Unfortunately work has turned into a nightmare. I will only be able to post sporadically this week, I'm afraid.

As for the weather, it's plenty cool here in Melbourne. Feel free to come over if you need some relief. ; )

Are you paying our plane tickets?

Heck no. I can barely fund my Pathfinder addiction as it is. : þ


HPs 16/(26)28...AC18/Touch11/Flatfoot17/CMD 18||HP 26/[28]| Fort:+5 ;Ref:+2 ;Wil+0|Percept +1/Sense Motive +5 Male Human Ustalav Varisian Fighter/2 *12 Con /Fort:+4

Hoping things calmed down for you Cyn


Almost. Mondays are always difficult, but I expect to write something tonight, or tomorrow morning. : )

How is everyone else? Did everyone have a good 4th of July weekend? (Not that we celebrate it here, but nonetheless...)


Wha...? You mean US holidays aren't celebrated globally based on sheer American awesomeness?! Dammit, someone didn't send me the memo!


I'm going to be slammed with work this week but I'll try to post as often as I can.


HPs 16/(26)28...AC18/Touch11/Flatfoot17/CMD 18||HP 26/[28]| Fort:+5 ;Ref:+2 ;Wil+0|Percept +1/Sense Motive +5 Male Human Ustalav Varisian Fighter/2 *12 Con /Fort:+4

Seems like we should be back on track


Hey folks. Back again. Things are likely to be stupid busy until late August though. Having said that, I should be able to keep posting, albeit at somewhat reduced frequency. I'll let you know if I run into trouble! Thanks for sticking with it. : )


HPs 16/(26)28...AC18/Touch11/Flatfoot17/CMD 18||HP 26/[28]| Fort:+5 ;Ref:+2 ;Wil+0|Percept +1/Sense Motive +5 Male Human Ustalav Varisian Fighter/2 *12 Con /Fort:+4
Rajuna Two-Fangs wrote:
And I wouldn't know the difference between alchemy and prophecy if they bought me drinks. But you answered my question all the same."

New fun-est quote of the game candidate


DAPPER HALF-ORC MAGUS

Okay, and I should be back in the saddle, too. I'll try to be on more consistently than I have. I guess it was fortuitous that Cyn was unavailable, too. :D


Male Human (Varisian) Inquisitor 2

*still lurking while waiting for the dwarven smith part* ;)


Iona Geryn wrote:
Lem Longbarrow wrote:
Iona Geryn wrote:
Lem Longbarrow wrote:

Lem thinks for a moment, recalling the vision he saw in the prison.

She was young, Varisian, perhaps a woodworker. She wasn't necessarily a prisoner, perhaps a victim? She had long brown hair and wore a choker with a large red stone around her neck. Does any of this sound familiar? I confess, I don't know where to begin searching.

Iona's eyes narrow. What makes you think she was a craftswoman?
She was walking around by a bunch of benches with woodworking tools on them, and no one else was in the vision, so I assumed they were hers. I suppose the tools could have belonged to someone else, now that you mention it...

Iona taps a finger to her chin thoughtfully. Tell me what you know about the fire, then, she says.

Presuming you relate what you did in this post, Iona straightens up in her chair.

This Quentyn had the right of it, she says when Lem is finished, although I'm not sure he had the cause of the fire right; the way I understand it, the fire started when some of the guards left upstairs panicked and set a fire in the lift shaft, which the prisoners were trying to climb up.

And what do you know of ghosts, then?

(In other words, make a Knowledge (religion) check.)

to cynarion:
You could have someone with painting/drawing of past residents (of the town), including some travelers, and some identical strangers.

Hey folks! Just wanted to drop in to say it's been a long day with no internet access, and that I'm heading to bed now but will be back in the morning to post a few updates. : )


HPs 16/(26)28...AC18/Touch11/Flatfoot17/CMD 18||HP 26/[28]| Fort:+5 ;Ref:+2 ;Wil+0|Percept +1/Sense Motive +5 Male Human Ustalav Varisian Fighter/2 *12 Con /Fort:+4

Great and thanks


Theron Adrezi wrote:
*still lurking while waiting for the dwarven smith part* ;)

You could always start up a conversation with Vesmera, since you're there along with Walter. I presume Ice Titan is smashed from another crazy weekend of gaming. ; )


Male Human (Varisian) Inquisitor 2
cynarion wrote:
Theron Adrezi wrote:
*still lurking while waiting for the dwarven smith part* ;)
You could always start up a conversation with Vesmera, since you're there along with Walter. I presume Ice Titan is smashed from another crazy weekend of gaming. ; )

Ohh, I didn't realize Theron was right here. And here I thought that this was Walter going crazy and talking to imaginary people ;)

*thinks* Refresh my memory... has Walter mentioned Vesmera to anyone else? Just trying to determine if Theron would have even known about her before now.


Dragomir Vuk wrote:
New fun-est quote of the game candidate

Thank you. Thank you. I'm here all week folks. Try the veal and don't forget to tip your waitress.

;p

FWIW, that line started out as "And I wouldn't know the difference between alchemy and prophecy if I bedded them both" but with Kendra there, I figured ol' Rath would be more circumspect in his comments.


Theron Adrezi wrote:
cynarion wrote:
Theron Adrezi wrote:
*still lurking while waiting for the dwarven smith part* ;)
You could always start up a conversation with Vesmera, since you're there along with Walter. I presume Ice Titan is smashed from another crazy weekend of gaming. ; )

Ohh, I didn't realize Theron was right here. And here I thought that this was Walter going crazy and talking to imaginary people ;)

*thinks* Refresh my memory... has Walter mentioned Vesmera to anyone else? Just trying to determine if Theron would have even known about her before now.

I know Walter mentioned Vesmera's name to Dragomir the night the bloody V appeared on the monument. You may all have seen him talking to Vesmera that night.

Whether anyone else knows her name? Not sure.

Does anyone else know of the potential romance? Don't think so.


Raj saw them talking alone when he was in the tree after the bloody V event but that's the limit of it.


Male Human Oracle 2

Week of gaming capstoned by a week of working. Just now finding the free time to sit down and read things instead of skim. Hoof. Sorry for the delays!


Male Human (Varisian) Alchemist (Preservationist) 2

Woah, bit of catching up to do. This is a vacation week for just about everybody at work but me, it seems, so I'll try to post as I have time.


Hey folks. All-day meeting today. I will endeavour to make some posts tonight (Friday morning US time).


Male Human (Varisian) Inquisitor 2

Going to post soon, just pondering Theron's reaction to that 'song' from earlier. As a player I have an idea of what his happening here, but the question is how much would Theron figure out with just his inquisitor super-sense-motive?

*ponders* At the very least he's going to be raising an eyebrow at the mention of stirges.


{HP9/19 | AC16 T12 FF14 CMD 16 | F/R/W 4/2/3} Female Samsaran Bladebound Magus 2

Just giving you a heads-up that at the end of this month (July 31), I'll be leaving town for two weeks for work. I don't know the status of an available internet connection while I'll be gone, or how much free time I'll have, but I'll post as able.

After that, I'll only be back for a day before heading to Gencon afterwards, getting back home late the 19th. So between those two dates I'll be sporadic at best, possibly unavailable. Sorry for any inconveniences this may impose.


HPs 16/(26)28...AC18/Touch11/Flatfoot17/CMD 18||HP 26/[28]| Fort:+5 ;Ref:+2 ;Wil+0|Percept +1/Sense Motive +5 Male Human Ustalav Varisian Fighter/2 *12 Con /Fort:+4

I will be in Thailand from 24th to 31st - largely without internet.


HPs 16/(26)28...AC18/Touch11/Flatfoot17/CMD 18||HP 26/[28]| Fort:+5 ;Ref:+2 ;Wil+0|Percept +1/Sense Motive +5 Male Human Ustalav Varisian Fighter/2 *12 Con /Fort:+4

How you doin' Cyn? Everything ok?


Yep, everything's all right. Just work being more of a pain than usual. Deadlines, you know? They focus the mind but they also make life difficult. : \

Thanks for asking! Off to make some posts now. : )


Rightio. Think I've moved everyone's plot thread on a little now.

I'll see if I can come back and make another Grimburrow post today. Raj, you're too quick for me! : )


As for folks being unable to post for a while, that's fine by me. If necessary and if you're willing, I'll NPC you for a little while, but I promise not to get you into too much trouble. ; )


HPs 16/(26)28...AC18/Touch11/Flatfoot17/CMD 18||HP 26/[28]| Fort:+5 ;Ref:+2 ;Wil+0|Percept +1/Sense Motive +5 Male Human Ustalav Varisian Fighter/2 *12 Con /Fort:+4

That sounds good - on the 24th AET I'm more or less gone for a week

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